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Edward Richmond, Attorney General of Rhode Island

Male Abt 1632 - 1696  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Edward Richmond  [1
    Suffix Attorney General of Rhode Island 
    Born Abt 1632  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1696  Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 7, 8
    Buried Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I22655  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of GFS
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2021 

    Father John Richmond,   b. Abt 1594,   d. 20 Mar 1664, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F13676  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail Davis,   d. Bef 20 Aug 1685 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Richmond,   b. 6 Dec 1666, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1717, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    +2. Col. Sylvester Richmond,   b. 1672, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1754, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F13628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Chase-Wigglesworth Genealogy (citation details below):

      Before coming to Little Compton, Edward owned property in the part of Newport which became Middletown. A gunsmith, he was an incorporator of Little Compton and bought two great lots there. He lived and is buried on the place known as the Father Richmond place, slightly north of the entrance to Meeting House Lane on the other side of the West Main Road. His gravestone in the small Richmond cemetery is the second oldest in town and a photo appears in Little Compton Families.

      In 1661 Edward had a share in Misquamicut (Westerly) lands appointed to him, and in 1663 he received a legacy of forty acres and wearing apparel from his father's will. On 31 October 1677 he and forty-seven others were granted 5,000 acres to be called East Greenwich. He bought the twenty-seventh lot in Little Compton from Daniel Wilcox for £50 on 2 February 1692.

      Edward served the Colony of Rhode Island as General Solicitor 1667, 1669, 1670, and 1672; Attorney General 1677-1680; Deputy 1678-1679, 1686; and Selectman 1683-1685, 1689-1690. In 1677 he was one of three men appointed to go to Newport regarding advancing money for the Colony's use in sending agents to England. He took the oath of fidelity at Little Compton on 6 June 1683.

      On 6 August 1767 the Assembly voted "that Lieutenant Edward Richmond, with his company, shall be allowed and have the one-half of the produce of the seven Indians they brought in" (according to the act allowing certain Indian men and women be sold for service of nine years). Edward was clerk of a court martial held on 23 August 1676 for the trial of four Indians who were executed. He was fined 65 on 4 June 1686 for furnishing an Indian with rum or strong liquor. In May 1690 he was appointed Captain.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2217] "Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories." The Mayflower Descendant 18:248, 1916.

    2. [S479] Little Compton Families, from records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour. Little Compton, Rhode Island: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967. Fifth edition, Baltimore: Clearfield, 1997.

    3. [S2883] Robert S. Wakefield, "Additions and Corrections to Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: The Richmond Family." The American Genealogist 54:96, 1978.

    4. [S679] The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin. Albany, New York; 1887.

    5. [S2219] Chase-Wigglesworth Genealogy: The Ancestors and Descendants of Philip Putnam Chase and His Wife Anna Cornelia Wigglesworth ed. Alicia Crane Williams. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1990.

    6. [S5710] The Richmond Family 1594-1896 by Joshua Bailey Richmond. Boston, 1897.

    7. [S679] The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin. Albany, New York; 1887., place only.

    8. [S5710] The Richmond Family 1594-1896 by Joshua Bailey Richmond. Boston, 1897., date only.